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    Default Anyone know much about employment law?

    I know many will prob say see the CAB, but just wanted peoples thoughts......
    I went for an informal chat at a haulage firm about a job. I went there and although the bloke was very nice and apologetic, he told me that because the boss of that firm, the boss of the firm I work for and the boss of another local haulage firm, play golf together, that they have an 'agreement not to take on each others drivers.
    This has really p****d me off. The pay was better, the conditions were better and I just wanted to move. How can this be right that just because they have an agreement that they can mess with peoples' lives? Am I over reacting?? Is this legll? Surely it cant be? Anyone?

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    Its the word "informal", you cant prove that they have an agreement, it happens all the time. You cant give people bad references for employment either, but trust me, you just say "so off the record what they really like?"
    Its the way it is, HR depts would have a fit! (wifes a HR consultant!)

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    The local electronic company's do this too.

    Its an unwritten rule they have and you cant proove it.

    It sucks

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    it sucks yes but at the end of the day they can choose who they want to work for them

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    Speak to ACAS I am sure they would be interested, however be warned this could open a massive can of worms for more than just the three bosses.

    I have to say what you describe does sound a bit like a cartel, as you can be sure in addition to staff, rates will also be discussed "informally" and not only you but the customer "might" suffer,,,

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    best left alone imo, you cant prove out and could make yourself unemployable in the process

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    not too unusual, I have it written in my contract that I am not allowed to work for some of our competitors within given periods of time of me leaving my current employer.

    Happens alot, especially in large competing multi-nationals - executives paid to go on "gardening leave" etc.

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    I work in the oil and gas Industry and Headhunting happens a lot. To get round the "agreements" between companies people leave and about a month later start work for another company. Thats of course with the agreement in place.

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